Saturday, August 31, 2013

Happy Birthday Van Morrison!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Lewis Black!

Happy Birthday Frank Conniff!

Happy Birthday John Phillips!

Happy Birthday Joan Blondell!

Happy Birthday Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley!

Happy National Toasted Marshmallow Day!


Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Ultimate Star Wars Experience?

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

We're #1! We're #1! We're #1!

Woo Hoo!

And then there were 5....

On this date,  in 1958, Harrison joined Lennon, McCartney, Best & Sutcliffe in the Quarrymen.

Happy Birthday Elliott Gould!

Happy Birthday John Locke!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday to Animal Crackers!

Premiered on this date in 1930.

Happy Birthday Jack Vance!

Happy Birthday J.S. LeFanu!

Happy Birthday John Stark!

A Patriot.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Cthulhu Mythos in Oklahoma City!


(Thanks for the link, Katie!)

Happy Birthday Martha Raye!

Happy Birthday Joseph Reed!

A Patriot.

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Dictionary Collector

Very cool!

History Humor

Ordinary Batman Adventures

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Onion and Miley Cyrus

So true!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Saving Seeds

I love stuff like this.

(Thanks for the link, Margrete!)

The Virginia Independent Horror Film Fest is coming up!

Happy Birthday Shirley Manson!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

A great site devoted to the history of the DC area

Pretty neat for those with an interest.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The 2013 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest Winner!
Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday to Born To Run!

Released on this date in 1975.

Happy Birthday Tim Burton!

Happy Birthday Elvis Costello!

Happy Birthday Sean Connery!

Happy Birthday Monster Mash!

THE National Anthem for Halloween - released on this date in1962.

Happy Birthday Monster Mash!

THE National Anthem for Halloween - released on this date in 1962.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The return of monster cereal...

My question on these, as on almost any breakfast food sold to kids is this - Is there anything the least bit healthy about these things?  They all seem to match my definition of candy, more than cereal.

Karl Wagner's short story, "Sticks", being read

Probably his most famous piece, and a big influence on the Blair Witch Project....

Anniversary of the Battle of Bladensburg

In my opinion, the worst fought battle in American history, and our greatest defeat.

Happy Birthday Niagara!

Lead singer for one of the great early punk bands - Destroy All Monsters.

Friday, August 23, 2013

There Can Be Only One....

Happy Birthday to The Big Sleep!

Premiered on this date in 1946.  Great film.

Happy Birthday Keith Moon!

Happy Birthday Malvina Reynolds!

Happy Birthday Mark Russell!

Happy Birthday Gene Kelly!

Happy Birthday Jonathan Wainwright!
An under-appreciated Hero.

Happy Birthday Oliver Perry!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Musical Hallucinations


Happy Birthday John Lee Hooker!

Happy Birthday Dorothy Parker!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Magic Beard

A very cute video...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

I'm practicing holding my breath

Happy Birthday Joe Strummer!

Happy Birthday Jackie DeShannon!

Happy Birthday Friz Freleng!

Happy Senior Citizens Day!

Happy Poets Day!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The return of Mazzy Star!

I will never look at a place setting again, without feeling deeply disturbed...

(Thanks for the link and title, Mike!)

Happy Birthday Isaac Hayes!

Happy Birthday Phil Lynott!

Happy Birthday H.P. Lovecraft!

Happy National Lemonade Day!


Monday, August 19, 2013

A nice article about "Be My Baby" turning 50
It's just a great, great song.

(Thanks for the link, Karen!)

Happy Birthday Gene Roddenberry!

Happy Birthday Ginger Baker!

Happy National Potato Day!


Happy National Hot & Spicy Food Day!


Sunday, August 18, 2013

A documentary on The Prisoner

My fave TV show of all time...

A nice interview with Paul Roland
Nearly unknown, especially in the States, he's one of my fave performers.

Happy Birthday Meriwether Lewis!

Happy Birthday Criswell!

Happy Bad Poetry Day!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The condom ad....

The Longest Sentry Duty

Amusing, and hardly the first or last instance of such things.

Happy Birthday Mae West!

Happy National Rum Day!


75 Days Until Halloween!

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Call of Cthulhu a la Dr. Seuss!
Wonderful!  (For some reason, the pages are in reverse order, however...)

(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)

The 15 Most Disturbing Host Segments in MST3000

Fun stuff!

27 Great Record Stores

Makes me want to go on a tour...

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Anniversary of the death of Bela Lugosi in 1956

Anniversary of the first Ramones concert, in 1974!

Happy Birthday Glenn Strange!

Happy Birthday Hal Foster!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

RIP Jack Germond

Anniversary of the Beatles playing at Shea Stadium

Happy Birthday Huntz Hall!

Happy Birthday Jimmy Webb!

Happy Birthday Woodstock!

Happy National Meringue Pie Day!


Happy VJ Day!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Happy Birthday to The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Premiered on this date in 1975.

Happy Birthday Dash Crofts!

Happy Birthday David Crosby!

Happy Birthday Gary Larson!

Happy National Navajo Codetalkers Day!

Happy Liberty Tree Day!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Newsclips from the Past

This is wonderful, at least for Virginians interested in the recent past!

(Thanks for the link, Carol!)

DC Government - Doing What It Does, Best!!!

Are books Dying?

An interesting read...

I suspect that they are, and I regret that very very much....

The Big Chill!

I love it when people come up with ways to get money off of stupid rich people!  This may well be at the top of a very long list - Congratulations, Dean & DeLuca!

Happy Birthday South Park!

Premiered on this date in 1997.

Happy Birthday Alfred Hitchcock!

Happy National Filet Mignon Day!


Happy Festival of Hekate!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Happy Birthday to The Wizard of Oz! (the film)

Premiered on this date in 1939.

Happy Birthday Dan Curtis!

Happy Birthday Mark Knopfler!

Happy Vinyl Record Day!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

A cute ad for Nutri-Grain

Headline & Story of the Day!

(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)

The cutting edge of Garden Gnomes

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The Pumpkin House


Happy Birthday to Solid Gold!

Premiered on this date in 1980.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Capclave 2013

The DC science fiction convention.

Happy Birthday Horse Feathers!

Premiered on this date in 1932.

Happy Birthday Bobby Hatfield!

Happy Birthday Ronnia Spector!

Happy Birthday to the Smithsonian!

Happy Birthday Ian Anderson!

Happy National Banana Split Day!


Friday, August 09, 2013

Happy Birthday David Steinberg!

Happy Puck Fair!

Happy International Day of Indiginous Peoples!

Happy Book Lovers Day!

Thursday, August 08, 2013

RIP Karen Black

The Ultimate Clock

Dance Like Nobody's Watching

This is very cute!

(Thanks for the link, Missy!)

The oldest brewery...

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Edge!

Happy Birthday Dustin Hoffman!

Happy Birthday Allan McLane!

A Patriot, now almost forgotten.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Headline of the day

I love his lawyer's statement:  "There's no hard evidence he's been engaging in bestiality at all,"

(Thanks for the link, Eddie!)

Beware of the Blob....

(Thanks for the link and title, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday Mata Hari!

Happy Birthday BJ Thomas!

Happy Birthday Nathaniel Greene!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Happy Birthday Charles Fort!

Monday, August 05, 2013

Johnny Depp to star as the Abominable Dr. Phibes

The Balancing Act...

(Thanks for the link and title, Mike!)

Sunday, August 04, 2013

I will NEVER use a bluetooth toilet....

(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)

The pyrosome - one of the most fascinating 'creatures' that I've ever heard of!

(Thanks for the link, Infidel 753 !)

The return of the wooly mammoth?

The cutting edge of sea rescues

Great moments in air defense systems

ESP and Space Travel

An interesting and strange little tease from the Skunk Works....

Art Bell is returning to radio

A talk show for all things Fortean and weird...

An interview with Kenneth Anger on making the film Lucifer Rising

Happy Birthday Louis Armstrong!

Happy National IPA Day!


Saturday, August 03, 2013

Cthulhu Pie!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Bates Bookends!

Wuss America

We have come to this - using the name of a color in a sentence is now considered threatening...
It's interesting that the PC commissars missed the point, even within their own whiny world view:  'Brown' has never been an insult, but 'Bag' is....

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

A wonderful idea for a Kickstarter campaign

Happy National Watermelon Day!


Happy National Mead Day!

Happy National Mustard Day!

Friday, August 02, 2013

A Pentagram in Kazakhstan?
I'm going along with one of the commenters, and guessing an old missile site....

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday Mojo Nixon!

Happy Birthday Myrna Loy!
One of my faves.

Thursday, August 01, 2013


The Bride of Frankenstein is one of my fave films.  The ending is quite dramatic, the Monster has grabbed ahold of a rather unlikely self-destruct switch at Castle Frankenstein, and is viewing his hostile and imbecilic "bride", as well as the his formerly arrogant and now cowed creator, Dr. Frankenstein, and the evil and demented Dr. Praetorius.  The Monster realizes in that glimpse, that there is nothing here, nothing worth living for, and nothing worth saving, and pushes on the lever, destroying them all, while yelling out the phrase in this post's title.  For some reason, I'm reminded of that scene, now....

(Thanks for the link, Allison!)


Happy Anniversary to The Little Soldier Shop!

On this date in 1978, my friend Dennis purchased the Little Soldier Shop, moved it to NoVa, and ushered in a renaissance of wargaming in the region.  The shop is long gone, but the memories and friendships made will last to my dying day.

Happy Birthday Jerry Garcia!

Happy Lughnasadh!